Every Swattie will come to know the iconic building that is Parrish hall. Located at the center of campus, Parrish is Swarthmore’s original building. Serving as a divider between residential spaces and academic spaces, Parrish makes getting to class a breeze and finding a prime spot on the Parrish lawn in an iconic white chair even easier. While the first and second floors of Parrish house administrative offices, the third and fourth house single-sex halls, with those who self-identify as male living in the west wing and those who self-identify as female living in the east wing. Parrish boasts many singles for upper class students, while leaving room for some first-year students to reside in doubles and triples on both floors. High ceilings and large windows make the third-floor rooms quite airy.
Most rooms have wood flooring and shades, although closet space can be limited. Parrish residents have limited lounge space on the third floor, but a large, central 4th-floor lounge is a great communal space that encourages community living. Parrish residents also have the benefit of Shane Lounge on the 1st floor and access to the two parlors, one of which houses a piano. Either way you look at it, Parrish is a great place to be. Being at the center of it all, who wouldn’t want to live in the heartbeat of campus?